You might have seen my recap post on the Italian Wine Dinner I attended at Roswell Provisions a few months ago – if not, make sure to check it out here!
Roswell Provisions is a beautiful space on Canton Street in downtown Roswell – downstairs is a French-inspired coffee shop and market, with a rustic event and restaurant space upstairs for gatherings like their wine dinner series.
After I attended the Italian Wine Dinner in January, I was excited to see more from Roswell Provisions at their Spanish-inspired wine dinner this month. The meal, prepared by local Chef Mix McCrory, took guests on a tour of the entire country of Spain. Dishes were served by region, with wine pairings to match each distinct portion of España. Chef Mix took a map of the wine regions of Spain as his inspiration, and that’s how he built his menu (as seen below!)
The pace of the Spanish Wine Dinner was much different than the Italian dinner I previously attended at Roswell Provisions – while the Italian dinner was relaxed and leisurely, the Spanish dinner had a much more frenzied pace, focusing more on small plates served tapas-style. Dishes arrived from the kitchen back-to-back, allowing guests to enjoy a continuous stream of tasty bites.
The event started with sangria, made from an Honora Vera white blend, mango, strawberry, and pineapple. Throughout the meal, we were treated to traditional Spanish guitar music from Ben Cartoon to add to the Latin flair.
Amongst the mix of different tapas, I had a few favorites – an early standout was the traditional patatas bravas, with Peruvian potatoes and a slightly sweet, spicy chorizo sofrito. A stunning summer salad with heirloom tomato, arugula, serrano ham, and calabras blue cheese was bright, bold, and flavorful. I also loved the deconstructed gazpacho that Chef Mix spent days creating – he extracted water from tomatoes for a much lighter gazpacho, and paired it with lump crab, cilantro, and diced veggies.
The “main course” of the dinner was a family-style paella, served with chicken, shrimp, chorizo, mussels, and calamari. A little salty and a lot of savory, the paella was paired with an excellent hearty red wine from the Rioja region of Spain.
The calabras blue and serrano ham, in addition to multiple other ingredients from the dinner, can actually be found downstairs in the Roswell Provisions market. You can stop by to purchase some goodies and make your own Spanish wine dinner at home!
Take a look at the scrumptious photos from some of my favorite courses:
The meal ended with one of my favorite desserts I’ve had to date – a fluffy, decadent crema catalana, the Spanish take on a crème brûlée. The crema catalana comes without the brûléed top, but instead is filled with a citrus-infused custard. Paired with a delicate sherry, this dessert was, in a word, perfection. It was so light and airy, I found myself scraping the bottom of the bowl looking for more!